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Scolopia buxifolia

Description from Flora of China

Scolopia hainanensis Sleumer; S. nana Gagnepain.

Shrubs or small trees, evergreen, 2-8 m tall; twig tips puberulous (view at × 20 mag.); branchlets short, glabrous, spiny. Petiole short, ca. 3 mm, puberulous (view at × 20 mag.); leaf blade elliptic to obovate, 1.5-4 × 0.7-2 cm, leathery, both surfaces glabrous, adaxially shiny, lateral veins 2-5 pairs, slightly raised on both surfaces, basal pair high ascending, reticulate veins sparse and/or obscure on both surfaces, especially abaxially (at × 10 mag.), base acute-cuneate or more rarely rounded, extreme base usually slightly rounded, margin entire or inconspicuously remotely serrulate, often slightly revolute, glands at junction of blade and petiole absent, apex broadly acute to rouned, never acuminate nor apiculate. Racemes usually axillary in upper part of branchlets, few flowered, to 3 cm, sometimes extremely short, puberulous (view at × 20 mag.). Pedicels 5-11 mm, pubescent or glabrous. Flowers white. Sepals 4, rarely 5, ovate, 1-1.5 mm, outside glabrous, margin ciliate. Petals 1.5-2 mm, ovate-oblong, obovate-oblong, or nearly orbicular, outside glabrous, margin ciliate. Disk glands 8. Stamens 3-5 mm, glabrous or minutely and sparsely hairy; anthers small, connective with glabrous or glabrescent appendage. Ovary ovoid; placentas 3, each with 1 or 2(-?4) ovules; style 3-5 mm, stigma triangular-ovoid. Berry red at maturity, globose, 5-10 mm in diam. Seeds 3-6. Fl. Jun-Sep, fr. Jun-Oct.

Sandy places along seashores, dry sandy gentle slopes, thickets; low elevations. Guangxi, Hainan [Thailand, Vietnam].


 

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